Black Bean, Chorizo & Sweet Potato Chili
Total TimePrep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
Makes16 servings (4 quarts)
My workplace had a chili cookoff last month and I prepared 1.5x the recipe and submitted it. They had two meteorologists from local TV stations in for judging, and they rated my chili a tie for second place, but my co-workers also submitted votes and I won the People's Choice award! I used only 5 sweet potatoes (actually yams) and 5 cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes. Used 2 lbs. of chorizo, 1 lb. of mild and 1 lb. of spicy. Used 3 fresh jalapeños and 2 very large poblanos. Otherwise, pretty much made it as writ. Also provided sour cream, pickled jalapeños, oyster crackers and crumbled queso fresco for toppings. It was very interesting to observe how many people didn't know what queso fresco is and had to ask, or confused it with feta cheese. I felt like I was on a tape loop: "This is queso fresco. It's a mild Mexican cheese. It looks like feta, but it tastes nothing like feta. It makes a great topping for chili, and you can get it at Aldi for a reasonable price." I will be retiring in a little over three years, but now I'm on a mission to find more chili recipes to submit.
We greatly enjoyed this recipe. I used Italian hot sausage and 2 cans of mixed beans instead of just black beans. It was delicious with lime which I served on the side instead of stirring it in before serving. Never had queso fresco on chili before; it was very good! Loved the sweetness of the sweet potato, the spiciness of the hot sausage, and the smokiness of the cumin
A little too spicy for us, but the taste was good. Will make again and dial it back a notch. Makes a lot of chili!
I wasn't sure how the sweet potatoes would be in this recipe, but it was very good. I used 1/2 lb chorizo and 1/2 lb ground beef, and omitted the jalapenos. We just don't like things really spicy. The flavors were excellent. It's a keeper!
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This chili was awesome. It has a smoky, rich flavor. I added 2 Tbs. brown sugar and 3 kung pao peppers. Substituted 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce for the jalapeno peppers. Flavors were excellent.
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OMG, this was such a big hit with my guest. I even made a 2nd batch for my vegetarian friends by substituting vegetarian bulk sausage for the chorizo and veg. stock in place of the beef stock.